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Girl Scout Clubs

At Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, we prepare every girl to practice a lifetime of leadership by providing her the experiences to build courage, confidence, and character, to make the world a better place. 

Community Outreach Programs provide the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to girls in grades K-12 in areas underserved by the traditional troop experience.

With the support of our local sponsors, donors, and volunteers, these experiences are typically provided to girls free-of-charge in the form of six-week after-school Girl Scout Clubs, all-girl workshops, or multifaceted STEM teams. All experiences provide girls the opportunity to take the lead, learn by doing, and engage in cooperative learning.

Developing 5 Outcomes

Outreach Programs - and the Girl Scout Leadership Experience - help girls develop 5 powerful outcomes:

  1. Stronger sense of self
  2. Positive values
  3. Community problem-solving skills
  4. Healthy relationships
  5. Increased likelihood to seek a challenge
Community Partners

We are proud to partner with other youth-serving agencies, schools, businesses, and individuals to provide opportunities to girls. Our mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character can be accomplished with the support and assistance of community partners

Current Community Partners: 

Council Bluffs

  • Longfellow Elementary

Des Moines

  • Capitol View Elementary
  • Children & Family Urban Movement
  • Findley Elementary
  • Hoover High School
  • King Elementary
  • Laurel Village Apartments
  • Levitt Boys and Girls Club (Carver Elementary)
  • McCombs Boys and Girls Club (McCombs Middle School)
  • McKinley Elementary
  • Oakridge Oasis Project
  • River Woods Elementary
  • Samuelson Elementary
  • Studebaker Elementary
  • Willard Elementary

Sioux City

  • Beyond the Bell at Liberty Elementary

South Sioux City

  • Beyond the Bell at Hunt Elementary

Storm Lake

  • Storm Lake Elementary School

West Des Moines

  • Crestview School of Inquiry

 

 

Outreach Volunteers: Be the Role Model She'll Always Remember

Outreach Volunteers are the key to the learning and development of girls in after school and community-based programs. We provide volunteers the training, resources, and ongoing support to deliver a positive learning environment for girls, making it easier for them to be self-empowered while exploring new skills.

You can help girls who are otherwise unable to have these experiences due to lack of transportation or financial support, or unavailability of Girl Scout troops or leaders.


The journey of an Outreach Volunteer:

  1. Identify an outreach site near you (search by zip code). If there are no outreach sites near you or you would like to suggest a site, email us at info@gsiowa.org.
  2. Complete the Girl Scout Volunteer membership process including a background check ($25). A link to complete your background check will be emailed to you after your membership payment is completed. 
  3. Let us show you the ropes! Once your background check is complete, we'll reach out to you to schedule a volunteer orientation/training session to introduce you to the Girl Scout way of work, the activity plan you'll be following, and details on your assigned location. This meeting can be in person or on a webinar, depending on what works best for you.
  4. You’re all ready to start! We’ll check in on you after your first day to see how it went, and throughout your experience, to make sure you have the support you need. Before you know it, you’ll be celebrating the last day of club with the girls, and sharing stories with us about your experience!
Outreach Activity Plans

What types of activities can you do with girls as an Outreach Volunteer? Our outreach activity plans include?

  • Self-expression and empowerment
  • Social relationship development
  • Science, technology, engineering, and math
  • Teamwork and leadership
  • Financial literacy and money management
  • Engaged citizenship